Targeting Hispanics, But Not Blacks

Targeting Hispanics, But not Blacks

By Raynard Jackson

NNPA Columnist

I have been extremely critical of President Obama for using the Black community as his personal political pawn.  I have been just as critical of the Black community’s acceptance of that treatment.  There are so many other issues I would like to write about—Africa, economics, international trade, etc.  – but I feel compelled to speak out when there is an injustice being perpetrated against my community, especially from within.

Last week, Obama did a drive by meeting with the usual cast of Black, media appointed leaders—Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous, etc.  Nothing unusual about that.  But, what I did find unusual was the stated purpose of the meeting.  According to the White House, the purpose was to discuss Obama’s “plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there.”

Once again there was not one businessman at the table, even though the stated purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economy.

The Black apologists that Obama met with last week often criticize me for being too hard on Obama.  They say he can’t do anything overtly targeting Blacks because Whites will think he is being partial.  But it’s OK for Whites to think Obama is being partial to Hispanics and homosexuals when he pushes legislation that they are interested in.

So, I bring to your attention two statements issued by the White House, one after meeting with Blacks last week and the other after meeting with Hispanics last month.

The statement that was released by the White House said after the president met with Black leaders:

“The President met with African American leaders yesterday in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to continue their dialogue on his plan to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there.

“The President reiterated his commitment to supporting policies that will directly impact those hardest hit by the economic crisis by making sure that America is a magnet for jobs, increasing access to job training programs, partnering with high-poverty communities to help them rebuild, and encouraging companies to invest in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  The president also reiterated his call to reform education by expanding universal pre-K for every child as a way to significantly decrease the achievement gap.

“The president and the leaders expressed a shared concern about the need to implement common-sense improvements to the voting process because our democracy works best when every American eligible to vote has the opportunity to cast their ballot and make their voices heard.

“The President called on the leaders to continue the national dialogue on the need for a balanced approach to deficit reduction.  He stressed the harm that the automatic cuts known as the sequester will have on thousands of jobs while cutting services to children, seniors, mental wellness programs, small businesses, and those in our military.

“The President praised the participants for their steadfast leadership on a broad range of issues critical to improving the economy and strengthening our country. The leaders in attendance also highlighted their goals to continue to build momentum for Congress to act in the best interests of the American people by supporting policies that help move our country forward.”

Hardly sounds like a Black Agenda.

Now examine the statement released by the White House after the meeting last month with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:

“The President and Senior Administration Officials met this morning with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules. The President thanked the Members for their long standing leadership on the issue, and reiterated that this is a top legislative priority.

“The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship. The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay. The President made it clear he will continue to lead on this issue, and that he looks forward to working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other key Members of Congress in a bipartisan process to move this debate forward at the earliest possible opportunity.

“The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration’s efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year.”

There you have it: President Obama is stuck on his rising tide lifts all boats when he speaks with Blacks. Yet, when he talks to Hispanics, he says the “I”-word –immigration. He then talks about creating a path to citizenship and says it will be one of his top legislative priorities.

I rest my case.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site,  www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.

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Buzz Beeler February 28, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Mr. Jackson, a well written expose on what you believe is accountability of the president and his agenda. I refer to White House quote of: "The President and Senior Administration Officials met this morning with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules." For the answer to that question I refer to the term illegal. That would be an oxymoron to the "same rules.", part of the quote. My family paid $8,000 a month to care for my mother before she died while anyone who enters this country by any means illegally receives many forms of aid just by getting here. The same rules! Not exactly. Did I mention my father was a WW II vet. In my opinion that is insane, just like the Air Force pilot and medal winner waiting for over two years for assistance from the VA. It seems the White House makes up the rules as they go along while pandering to those whose votes they need, not to mention the fear mongering that goes with it.
jnrentz1 February 28, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Buzz Beeler and Raynard Jackson: Very well said, thank you.
Buzz Beeler February 28, 2013 at 06:41 PM
jnrentz1, it's the concept behind the process. Under the proposed process you come into the country from anywhere and the - free stuff - is there. Just look at the ER rooms across the country. Do you know how much JHU Hospital loses every year on this issue. My father served in WW II and yet we received no help from either the state or county in providing care for her in her final days. It is insane for the working class to be treated this way when the pandering allows people who break the law to receive almost unlimited resources in aid. It has gotten so crazy the government is is becoming an accessory to criminal activity. http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2012/07/19/outrage-usda-partners-with-mexico-to-give-more-food-stamps-to-mexican-nationals-in-u-s/ In a recent speech the president spoke of the jobs lost in the sequester when a whole federal agency shuts down except he forgot to mention the agency closed down years ago. More fear mongering. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/4-pinocchios-for-arne-duncans-false-claim-of-pink-slips-for-teachers/2013/02/27/dac86324-8115-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_blog.html?hpid=z2 The WH is precipitating a fraud on the U.S. citizens.
Marvin February 28, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I thought we already had a process for illegal's from all over to get citizenship into this country. What is the matter with using this for everyone and stop all the speacial treatment for anyone. WE DO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED HARD ALL OF THEIR LIVES AND PAID FOR IT ALL. Like it or stay out. That, I believe is our biggest problem. We are taking care of the whole world and not taking care of what some have died for. when we can get to the point that we have our own problems solved THAN we can start to help others. Like I have said in the past, I was brought up that charity starts at HOME FIRST.
Buzz Beeler February 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Marvin, exactly my point. The sad part is the system is devoid of fairness whne special treatment is accorded to those who take advantage of the system. Crossing a border and being granted special treatment is far from being fare. What is the old saying that goes - how much skin do they have in the game?
Marvin February 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM
You mean abuse the system.
1ke February 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Raynard, I think the President needs to meet with you in the coming weeks. Your influence with the sixteen readers of your Patch blog will help further the Democratic social agenda.
Steve March 01, 2013 at 04:43 AM
"Do you know how much JHU Hospital loses every year on this issue." No, and neither do you. JHU doesn't keep track of it.
Joe Galvagna March 03, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Are you people stupid or just have your heads in the sand. It's the Hispanic vote Obama wants to secure. He has already got the black vote solely on the fact he is black there is no concern for ability with the black vote. Black votes for black 100%. No so with Hispanics Obama is just working bribes for Hispanic votes. Of course you paid for your mothers care your white. Of you were black or illegal that would be differant. The Obama system is set up for black and Hispanic trash to get everything free to secure votes. Obama knows mist whites work and pay their way nit so with others. Its what can I get for free you owe me. Everything Obama does is to scare good Americans to think his way all others he uses the tax paying. Americans mostly white to pay for the bribes. I cannot believe the blacks are calling unfair how the president is treating the Hispanics. Every time whites complain about setasides for blacks we are called racists. Know you know in some small way how whites feel when denied something in the name of equility. Wake up black people Obama does not care who he offends he is only thinking about himself and the destruction of the US. This man is evil a total lire and needs to be stopped before we loose everything. GET SMART PEOPLE WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. We are all equal and deserve equality as long as we are willing to work for it.
Tim March 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
After reading this post, starting with "Are you people stupid..." I couldn't help but laugh.
McGibblets March 03, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Apparently you couldnt provide a legitimate counter either. Regardless, it makes you look more foolish than the poster youre commenting on thats for certain.
Steve March 03, 2013 at 09:04 PM
" Black votes for black 100%" Too bad Herman Cain had that serial groping problem.
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 09:20 PM
You know what they say about the Crazy 'Ole Uncle Joe hiding in the basement. Go Joe?
Steve March 03, 2013 at 09:21 PM
It doesn't matter if you are Black or White, if you get old and don't have any money, you're screwed.
Lewis J. Castigin April 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM
How do you know JHU doesn't keep track of it.? can you tell me where you you looked to confirm it?
Lewis J. Castigin April 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Steve You are correct! the only color that matters is GREEN


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